Employment

Discussion 1 (75-150 words for Each question) Due: Mar 1, 2015

Do you think that most employees who take legal action against their employers have valid claims or are looking to “get something for nothing?” What is the basis for your opinion?

Legally, it makes a great deal of difference whether someone performing work is an employee or an independent contractor. But should it make a difference? What is the justification for excluding independent contractors from protection of antidiscrimination and other laws?

How likely is it that you might be discriminated against in the workplace? Why do you think this?

Course Project: Phase One: Due: Mar 3, 2015

Complete the first phase of the course project :

Develop 5-7 training objectives for the program. What should managers know and be able to do when they have completed the training program?

Course Project Overview:

Develop a training program to help new managers learn the fundamentals of employment law and their role in implementing the policies and practices that maintain legal compliance in the workplace. Components of the project are assigned in each module, contributing to the comprehensive final product by the end of the course.

Discussion 2- (75-150 words for Each question): Due: Mar 8, 2015

Suppose that an employer has a close working relationship with your college and primarily recruits from there for professional positions. What would be the consequence of that recruiting strategy? Would it tend to result in adverse impact?

In your judgment, is there a need for foreign nationals to perform work in the United States? Do existing laws regulating the employment of nonimmigrant foreign nationals in the Unites States strike the right balance between employers’ desire to tap this source of labor and protecting the interests of U.S. workers?

Potential employers have a responsibility to conduct background checks to avoid negligent hiring, and yet most companies have policies that prevent disclosing anything more than dates of previous employment. So what’s an employer to do?

 

 

 

 

Course Project: Phase Two: Due: Mar 10, 2015

Complete the second phase of the course project, the Program Outline

Develop a 1-page outline of the content you plan to include in the training program. What major topics and subtopics will be covered? What are the most important things managers will need to know about their role in employment law compliance? Include ideas about the kinds of training methods best suited for delivering the content and achieving the learning objectives.

Informational methods: one-way communication to convey important factual information (i.e. lectures and audiovisual media).

Experiential methods: interactive methods to give trainees opportunity to apply knowledge, practice skills, and demonstrate behaviors (i.e. e-learning, simulations, case study analysis, and role play).

Discussion 3- (75-150 words for Each question): Due: Mar 15, 2015

Would you advise an employer that operates retail clothing stores to drug test? If so, under what circumstances? Using what procedures? What should be done regarding applicants or employees who test positive?

Jobs are being transformed. Employers are increasingly focusing on processes rather than individual jobs. More work is being done in teams, with team members expected to be capable of taking on each other’s functions. What are implications of this for validating tests or other selection criteria? Has it become more difficult to determine what is “job related?”

To what extent do you think that caregivers are discriminated against in the workplace? Do existing laws go far enough to protect caregivers?

Course Project: Phase Three: Due: Mar 17, 2015

Complete the third phase of the course project, the Annotated Bibliography:

Write an annotated bibliography to gather descriptive information about the sources you will use to develop your training program; use at least five credible, scholarly resources besides the text. Once complete, the annotated bibliography will also serve as a reference list for trainees, a takeaway new managers can use on the job when confronted with employment law issues and the need to consult specific resources for further information.

In addition to the bibliographical information about the source that would typically appear in a works cited list, include a concise paragraph or two to briefly summarize the content of the source and to describe how it is relevant to the training or how it will be useful to managers beyond the training.

Discussion 4- (75-150 words for Each question): Due: Mar 22, 2015

What are some arguments in favor of affirmative action? Against it? What is your current view of affirmative action? Why? Does your view differ depending on the measures used to achieve affirmative action goals?

In light of workplace bullying and the difficulties plaintiffs face in same-sex harassment cases, would it be better to have anti-harassment statutes aimed at prohibiting unwelcome, offensive treatment, regardless of whether the motive behind the treatment is discriminatory?

Should employers attempt to restrict romantic relationships between employees as a response to concerns about harassment? Between supervisors and subordinates? In each case, why or why not?

Course Project: Phase Four: Due: Mar 24, 2015

Complete the fourth phase of the course project, Training Content, Part 1.

Expanding on the outline created in Module 2, develop the content for the first half of the training program as it will be presented to trainees. In the outline, you identified the most important things managers will need to know about employment law. In this part of the project, you will explain those things in greater detail so that new managers can better understand their role in human resource practice and workplace compliance with employment laws.

This component of the project will likely take the form of a Power Point presentation, although other delivery methods may be considered. Whatever medium is used, it should allow for a sufficient amount of detail about each subtopic and key point. For example, the slides in a Power Point presentation might contain concise bullet points, while elaboration of those key points is provided in the “notes” section below each slide (in normal view, but not visible in slideshow mode). Alternatively, audio recordings can be added to the presentation so that trainees may view it in slideshow mode and hear the trainer elaborate on the key points in each slide. Be sure to cite sources and provide references for trainees to seek further information

Discussion 5- (75-150 words for Each question): Due: Mar 29, 2015

How has the ADA been changed by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008? Did Congress get it right this time? Will the new law be more effective at protecting employees with disabilities?

What challenges might an employee with a disability face in your workplace? What kinds of reasonable accommodations would be appropriate?

Should employers with multi-lingual workforces be allowed to adopt English-only rules? Under what circumstances? Explain your reasoning.

 

 

Course Project: Phase Five: Due: Mar 31, 2015

Complete the fifth phase of the course project, Training Content, Part 2).

Develop the content for the second half of the training program.

This component of the project will likely take the form of a Power Point presentation, although other delivery methods may be considered. Whatever medium is used, it should allow for a sufficient amount of detail about each subtopic and key point. For example, the slides in a Power Point presentation might contain concise bullet points, while elaboration of those key points is provided in the “notes” section below each slide (in normal view, but not visible in slideshow mode). Alternatively, audio recordings can be added to the presentation so that trainees may view it in slideshow mode and hear the trainer elaborate on the key points in each slide. Be sure to cite sources and provide references for trainees to seek further information.

Discussion 6- (75-150 words for Each question): Due: Apr 5, 2015

Should private sector employers be allowed to use comp time to meet their overtime pay obligations? What are the potential benefits? Problems?

Does the U.S. approach to providing for health insurance and retirement income—with its heavy reliance on employer-provided benefits—still make sense? What are the alternatives?

What, if anything, should be done to revitalize the National Labor Relations Act and the institution of collective bargaining? Should the Employee Free Choice Act be enacted?

Course Project: Phase Six: Due: Apr 7, 2015

Complete the sixth phase of the course project, Original Case Study.

Write a 2-page original case study in which you present a scenario (related to some aspect of employment law) for trainees to analyze. The scenario may be hypothetical, or based on actual events or circumstances (so long as the names of individuals and companies are changed to protect privacy and confidentiality). The case study should provide sufficient background information and factual details so that trainees can apply knowledge gained from the training as they analyze the scenario and formulate solutions or recommendations. The written case study should include 4-5 questions to stimulate critical thinking and discussion about the scenario and relevant concepts.

 

 

 

Discussion 7- (75-150 words for Each question): Due: Apr 12, 2015

Think about a restaurant, store, office or factory where you have worked. What safety and health hazards existed in that workplace? What measures were used to address those hazards? Was safety given sufficient attention?

Would you recommend that an employer use a forced distribution approach to performance appraisal? What are the pros and cons?

What does privacy mean to you? What do you think is reasonable for employees to expect in terms of privacy in the workplace? Is the current privacy protection for e-mail and internet use sufficient?

Course Project: Phase Seven: Due: Apr 14, 2015

Complete the seventh phase of the course project, Trainee Assessment.

Develop an instrument to measure the trainees’ understanding of and ability to apply specific concepts from the training. To what extent are they able to do that which was identified in the training objectives? This portion of the project may take the form of a traditional paper/pencil “quiz” or a computer-based simulation, if students have sufficient technology skills. Be sure to provide both questions and answers so that trainees are able to self-evaluate their understanding of the concepts and their degree of achievement of the training objectives.

Discussion 8- (75-150 words for Each question) :Due: Apr 19, 2015

Should employers offer employees the choice between resigning or being terminated? Under what circumstances?

What do you think about the increasing use of restrictive covenants? Should employers who attempt to enforce these agreements against employees that have been fired have to show that the terminations were for cause?

Is downsizing a sensible business strategy? Should employees be entitled to greater legal protection from downsizing? If so, what form should this protection take?

Course Project Eight: Due: Apr 21, 2015

Make revisions to various portions of the training program as needed or appropriate. Compile the individual components into an integrated whole, and submit the final project.

 

 

 

 

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